Saturday, May 5, 2007

And Speaking of Drugs

Brazil's president has authorised the country to bypass the patent on an Aids drug manufactured by Merck, a US pharmaceutical giant.

The country will import a cheaper, generic Indian-made version of the patented Efavirenz drug.
Good. People shouldn't be dying because they can't afford life-saving drugs. People shouldn't be going broke to stay healthy.
"This is certainly an important advance in terms of widening access. We are very happy that Brazil is moving in the right direction," said Michel Lotrowska of NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Exactly right.

Merck says this will discourage investment in research for new drugs. Bullshit.

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